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SENIORS – Work in Vermont. Lose Some of Your Student Loans.

It pays for Middlebury College students to stay in Vermont. For graduating seniors who are considering staying in Vermont, you may be eligible for $5,000 in student loan debt relief. And the qualifications are pretty simple:

  1. You need to get a full-time job with a Vermont employer;
  2. You need to live in Vermont; and
  3. To get the full $5,000, you need to stay for two years.

It’s a great deal- you get to start your career here in Vermont, and a lucky Vermont employer gets a great
employee! And you don’t have to be from Vermont to take advantage- anyone graduating from a
Vermont college is eligible.

The process to apply is easy. You can access the application here Green Mountain Job & Retention
. In addition to applying, you’ll need to confirm you’ve graduated from a Vermont college
and that you live in Vermont and plan to stay. You’ll also need a letter from the human resources
department of your new company confirming your employment. That’s it!

You’ll get $2,500 toward loan repayment at the end of year one, and $2,500 at the end of the second

Please note that this program is available on a first come, first served basis, so please apply at Green
Mountain Job & Retention Application
as soon as you are hired to be eligible! You can also learn more
about the program here: Green Mountain Job & Retention Website.

Global Sustainability Alums Speaker Series Begins-Join Us! 11/14 @7PM

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Global Sustainability Alums Speaker Series with an inaugural event scheduled for Monday, November 14 at 7:00p in the Robert A. Jones ’59 Conference Room, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.  Or register here to attend via Zoom webinar.

Two Middlebury alums from Wellington Management Company LLP will return to campus for a moderated in-person discussion about Applying Sustainability and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors in the Capital Markets:

  • Sandhya Subramanian Douglas ’93 P’25, Partner, Senior Managing Director, Director of Strategic Analysis and Implementation
  • Soyibou Sylla ’20, Investment Science Associate

Wellington was one of the first firms to integrate climate science with asset management by appointing a climate scientist from Woods Hole Research Center in 2018.  Sandhya and Soyibou will share their firsthand experiences with this initiative and some perspectives on their own professional journeys in sustainability since graduating from Middlebury.

The conversation will be moderated by Amanda Frank ’23.5 and Samuel Sullivan ’23.

Visit go/sustainabilityalums for more details about the Global Sustainability Alums Speaker Series and the inaugural event.  

Cosponsored by Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, Climate Action Capacity Project, and Center for Careers and Internships.

What Do Drones and International Development Have in Common?

Listen to the latest MiddVantage Exploring Careers in Data Analytics interview with Middlebury alum, Kat James ’14 talk as she talks about her career trajectory from a major in Geography to founding her “must”/dream drone company Four Hundred Feet.

Episode 3:  Decade of the Drone in Data Analytics (38 minutes) 
Guest Speaker: Kat James ‘14, Founder, Four Hundred Feet
Interviewer: Brooke Laird ‘22

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c21UCCYNwok

Kat James ’14, Founder, Four Hundred Feet.  As the founder of Four Hundred Feet, Kat helps researchers, NGOs, and governmental organizations leverage drone technology for spatial data collection, supply chain management, and visual storytelling.  She has over a decade of working at the intersection of emerging technologies and global health with experience working in over 10 countries around the world. Kat received a B.A. in Geography (specializing in Geographic Information Systems) and Global Health and has a dual Master’s in Public Health and Information Science from the University of Michigan.

About the Data Analytics series: Data analytics is broken down into four basic types. Descriptive analytics describes what has happened over a given period. Diagnostic analytics focuses more on why something happened and predictive analytics moves to what is likely going to happen in the near term. Finally, prescriptive analytics suggests a course of action. Market watchers project the number of jobs for data professionals in the U.S will increase to over 3 million by 2022. This series includes interviews with many professionals who will share their vantage points on how they use data analytics in their career roles, their paths from campus to career, and career advice they would have for students interested in this career space.

Exploring Careers in Data Analytics is a collaborative series developed by the Center for Careers and Internships and Middlebury in DC with content contributions from members of the Middlebury Professional Network and Middlebury students.

Have You Ever Wondered If You Were Qualified for the Job?

The right way to read an entry-level job description

Handshake recently published the article “The right way to read an entry-level job description”. Click here to read the complete article including tips on how to read the required qualifications section. If you’ve ever wondered about whether you should actually apply for a job or internship because you don’t meet al the qualifications, think again. “Even though the heading says “required,” this list describes the ideal candidate, who may not exist! If you meet at least 60-70% of the requirements, and you feel you’d excel in the role, apply anyway. (Use your judgment: don’t apply to a role that asks for fluency in Spanish if you only took Spanish 101.)” Learn also how to spot a scam–is it too good to be true?!

Its Fall Semester 2022, Welcome Back to Midd!

Greetings folks!

Campus finally looks like its alive again with all of you back here in Vermont in person. For those of you studying abroad, here’s to a wonderful semester or year. There are a few TIPS that I’d like to introduce you to about using CCI’s Handshake database which is chock full of internship and job opportunities waiting for you to apply. Please read these Tips and feel free to reach out, should you need additional assistance:

  • Fill out or update your Handshake profile AND your “My Career Interests” information. The more you “talk” to Handshake, the better it will work for you. If you update your Career Interests area it will start to curate opportunities based on what you let Handshake know you’re interested in. Update it each semester or yearly!
  • Set up “Job Alerts” to get NEW opportunities in your email as soon as they are posted: when you use the filters or keywords to search for internships or jobs, you can “sort” the results by “Application Deadline” and then “Save the Search” which is found on the top of the results of the search: Don’t Miss Out-New jobs are getting added all the time. SAVE YOUR SEARCH and be the first to know. Here’s a quick Save Your Search Tutorial borrowed from UCLA.
  • Have your resume reviewed by a PCA (Peer Career Advisor) BEFORE you apply for any internships or jobs–REALLY IMPORTANT!! PCA Quick Question (QQs) hours and locations this fall semester can be found on our main CCI site.
  • Make an appointment with an Advisor through Handshake, and that could be me, Tracy Himmel Isham, if you’re interested in the environment, non-profits, sustainable agriculture, education, international development, and anything that you might want to add a social impact lens to.

Looking forward to seeing you over the fall semester and welcome back!

~Tracy Himmel Isham

Associate Director for Social Impact Careers 

Center for Careers and Internships

New Address: 152 College Street | Kitchel House 202

Middlebury College  |  Middlebury, VT 05753

m: 802.377.2170


Pronouns: she/her/hers

Win a $500 airline gift card by completing the CCI résumé approval process!

You read that correctly! CCI is offering a $500 AIRLINE GIFT CARD just for completing the résumé approval process.

The Center for Careers and Internships has brought back our annual résumé approval campaign that culminates in a drawing for a $500 airline gift card!

All you have to do to enter is complete your Handshake profile and have your résumé reviewed and approved by a CCI Peer Career Advisor (PCA) – (go/PCAs for their drop in hours to have your résumé reviewed.) The earlier you complete your profile and have an approved résumé, the more chances you will have to win!

To be entered to win, login to Handshake and complete these steps:

  1. Complete your Handshake profile by:
    • Adding at least one Work Experience (volunteer experience counts!)
    • Adding at least one Extracurricular Activity (high school activities are OK!)
    • Adding at least one skill.
    • Completing all questions on the “Career Interests” page (click on YourName>Career Interests)
  2. Have your résumé reviewed and approved by a Peer Career Advisor (PCA)
  3. Upload your approved résumé to Handshake.
  4. Be automatically entered into 7 weekly drawings for Middlebury Money and a grand prize of ONE $500 airline gift card.

Drawings will be held on the following days: Monday 12/13; Fridays, 1/14, 1/21, 1/28, 2/18, 2/25, and 3/4. There will be six $20 Middlebury Money gift cards and the seventh drawing is for the Grand Prize of the $500 flight gift card.

Need help creating your first résumé? Check out go/résumé which includes the CCI Resume and Cover Letter Guide, a 7-minute How to Create Your First College Resume video, and Sample Resumes.

Our PCAs are available to review resumes and Handshake profiles during Quick Questions hours.  Visit go/PCAs for the QQ schedule and locations.

November is National Career Development Month

Do you know what professional development resources you can engage with this month (well…any time, but especially this month)?

Drop in with our Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) to plan what’s next!

You can schedule an appointment with one of our advisors online through Handshake, or drop in during our PCA Quick Questions (no appointment needed!)

>>Steps One and Two to develop your career<<

STEP ONE: Spend time reflecting on your personality and skills and identify how you’d like to grow. Then focus on that goal.

The first step toward career development is figuring out what you’re working with and working toward. Spending time reflecting on your personality, skills, interests, and values can not only help you think about what your future might hold but also help you figure out how to get the most out of your time at Middlebury.

It is important to make informed choices based on who you are, what you value, and what you can offer to the world. Take some time to consider where you want to go in your career. What is your next step?

Once you’ve clarified your goals, figure out what skills you’ll need to develop or strengthen, what types of experience you need to gain, and what connections will be helpful to cultivate before you make your next move. Keep these skills in mind as you come up with a plan to develop your career. And stay focused.

STEP TWO: Career exploration is a process. You do not need to have all the answers, but we do ask you to embrace exploration, risk taking, and discovery. We invite you to schedule a meeting with a career advisor to discuss options.

The second step is to remind yourself that career exploration is a process. While some students know what they want to do after graduation, the majority of Middlebury students spend time and get lots of help along the way as they consider and discover their career options.

The CCI welcomes you in this journey of exploration and invites you to schedule an appointment in Handshake for an exploratory conversation with one of our career advisors. You can also begin the exploration process with our Career Exploration Guide (link below).